West Virginia’s most efficient power plant won’t meet the 2030 CO2 goals. Longview Power went online in 2011 as the most efficient power plant in the country and won’t meet the 2030 EPA goals for CO2 according to the State Journal. The plant was built using supercritical boiler technology which allows them to use coal more efficiently than conventional boilers, 42%-45% versus ~34% efficiency. It has $500,000,000 worth of pollution controls. As constructed it doesn’t meet the proposed CO2 standard. The plant could adopt carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) except the technology is neither demonstrated nor commercially available.
But isn’t that the intent of the Clean Power Plan, put out regs that are impossible to meet if you aren’t one of the favored industries? And if this rule increases the cost of power, there is always the cardigan technology.